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By Alexander Lawrie

SCOTS film star Alan Cumming has thrilled crowds in New York by performing his first ever musical concert.

The bi-sexual actor performed songs by Cyndi Lauper, Dolly Parton and Abba as he made his debut in front of 800 fans at the Lincoln Centre, near Central Park.

X-Men star Cumming, 44, who has recently become a naturalised US citizen, is said to be “delighted” at the reception he received from the audience.

Performing as part of the American Songbook series of concerts, Cumming kept things just a touch camp and off-colour with stories of Graham Norton stuck in Dollywood during 9/11, a paparazzi photo with pop singer Mika and riding on the back of a motorcycle through the city while high.

Originally from Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Cumming opened his show with his version of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Shine’, before yelling: “Time for some ABBA!”

The flamboyant star then proceeded to belt out a rousing cover of the Swedish pop giant’s ‘Where I Want to Be’, which featured in the hit musical Chess.

During the show he also sang songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter and Charles Aznavour, as well as a selection of theatre numbers from various musicals including Cabaret, Chess and Falsettoland.

One of the most touching moments of his hour-long set was when he admitted to sharing an ex-boyfriend with his music director, Lance Horne.

He then performed a song by Horne about the man in question, “Don’t Tell Me,” and seemed comfortable baring his personal life so boldly.

The gay icon trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and Cumming was most recently on stage in New York playing the debauched divine rock god Dionysus in The National Theater of Scotland’s production The Bacchae.

 The Goldeneye actor has led a colourful life having been married to a woman in the mid-80s.

Last year he married graphic artist Grant Shaffer in a civil ceremony in Greenwich, London, and the couple now live in New York with their beloved dogs.

The Hollywood idol shot to fame in the sitcom The High Life and has since starred in a number of top movies including Goldeneye and X-Men 2.

The extravagant actor also has his own beauty range, the initial product being a cologne called ‘Cumming: the Fragrance’.

There is also a series of other cosmetic merchandise, many with suggestive names such as ‘Cumming All Over’ body wash.

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